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When I first started getting serious about digital photography, over 10 years ago, I received a Speedlite for Christmas. After reading the manual and wading through a few YouTube videos, I ended up feeling completely frustrated and confused about how to use the flash and basically never took it out of my camera bag. Fast forward a few years when I needed to use flash for indoor events and portraits, I decided to bite the bullet and take a workshop.
I found an incredible photographer in Seattle who offered lighting workshops. He also happened to be an old friend, so I trusted him and felt the investment would be worth it, even though I had to go out of town. The workshop tuition was about $400, but the total investment for the weekend ended up being over $1000.
My husband and I decided to make a weekend trip out of it. We got a babysitter, which happened to be free, but otherwise would have cost a few hundred dollars. Gas to drive to Seattle and back costs about $150. The workshop tuition was $400. Hotel and food cost about $600 for the weekend for the two of us. So, the total cost for my weekend workshop, which included two days of instruction, ended up being about $1150. This did not include my outlet mall, IKEA or Pikes Place Market shopping spree.
My husband and I had a nice little getaway and I learned the basics of one-light flash photography, which was worth every penny for me and my business. Several years later, I’m still using the basics I learned in that workshop, but I’ve also forgotten a lot of the details of what I learned.
I’ve been watching the recently released SLR Lounge Lighting 101 Workshop DVD, which costs just $149, and I’m totally blown away. Everything I learned and more in that $1000+ weekend is covered in this 9+ hour video workshop. It also includes over 90 comprehensive PDF graphic slides, which illustrate the concepts taught. These are helpful for review or reminder after watching the video. Plus, with a video you can watch and learn at your own pace and go back and watch a chapter anytime to refresh your memory.
In Chapter 1 alone, 4 myths about flash are totally busted. One thing I’ve struggled with in the past is making flash look natural when combined with ambient light, especially when the flash is on-camera. Bouncing the on-camera flash from a reflector to the subject was a totally ah-ha moment for me. And gelling the flash first, before bouncing it, to change the color of the light is something I haven’t tried yet. Brilliant!
If you’re wondering if this workshop is a good value for your money, consider the cost of the alternative. If this option had been available in 2011, barring the fun weekend away with my Honey, I would have been all over it. With SLR Lounge, you know you’ll be getting a comprehensive workshop that’s easy to understand and fun to watch. I say go for it!
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